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Tottenham are no Arsenal

6 years ago

So crash bang wallop we came down with a bang, with the joyous eyes of the world in gleeful viewing frenzy, or did we?

For absolute sure Arsenal were the better team, their loyal Wenger abusing fans in unison again, it’s amazing how a near couple of decades of consecutive Champions League qualifications can numb the mind, throw in the odd FA cup and title win and clearly they have grounds for grievance, if only…

But what about us? The media extolled the fact that Arsenal were short on numbers, were we not?

Clearly we were always going to struggle without our lynchpin that is Moussa Sissoko, which could actually be a blessing in disguise in that he should be raring to go on Wednesday night. Yes with Mike Williamson in the team the defence looks a little shaky, but Tottenham are no Arsenal, and Arsenal are no Chelsea, we have nothing to fear on Wednesday night.

Actually we do have one fear, will Pardew ‘go for it’ or save some for the ‘big one’ on Sunday? In my eyes he has to go for broke in both, this time next week could see some of the biggest smiles in this fair city for many years, it could also heap upon us a pile of Yuletide misery….here is hoping.

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We will have a large noisy following in the capital on Wednesday night and Alan Pardew owes it to us to go at them from the start, and go at them with the strongest team possible.

There can be no Yoan Gouffran, I’m sorry Yoan but quite simply your effort and workrate don’t make up for your lack of end product, Remy Cabella for me any day of the week.

Sunday is looming also and whatever happens on Wednesday this is a game we simply dare not lose, humiliation is just one word that springs to mind should the unthinkable happen, however looking at them down the road I just don’t see them beating us this time, they are draw specialists and that might be the best they can hope or even go for!

Following the tragic events in the summer and the magnificent work done by sunderland fan Gary Ferguson, let us hope that this game passes off without any  off the field incident, however I can’t help but think that the powers that be have scored an own goal by not having police escorts for visiting fans travelling by metro etc

Will groups of Sunderland fans really walk to the ground unhindered etc, it will only take one alcohol fuelled incident for things to go wrong, up until the tragic events of the summer this was the most toxic of fixtures off the field,

What happens when those unlucky enough not to attend , but who are watching the match in one of the many pubs in town, come face to face with Sunderland fans leaving the ground and heading back to the station after the game……what if Sunderland do win?

I have glanced at  ‘a love supreme’ website and their fans have similar fears, I hope I am wrong but I fear the police have this time scored a huge own goal.

Anyway, back to the matter in hand, my article last week extolled the virtues of Daryl Janmaat. I jinxed him as he promptly gets booked and suspended for the game on wed night, actually the disgraceful antics of the Arsenal bench got him booked, totally appalling behaviour.

Which brings me onto the subject of player behaviour, and did anybody see the diving fraternity at Stamford Bridge. Gary Cahill, Diego Costa you should be ashamed, the only way to get managers to stop this behaviour is to deduct points from teams, cheating should be punished in that way only, fines have no impact at all for obvious reasons!

Right everyone, it’s a big week and anything is possible, let us hope the outcome on Wednesday sets us up nicely for Sunday, I have a little inkling we will all have a great Christmas…


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